Community Calendar

Community Calendar is a free service.  Please submit your events or information in writing to or mail to WBRM, 147 N. Garden Street, Marion, NC 28752.  Please submit your information a week to 10 days ahead of the event. 

Those who walk the greenway at the Corpening YMCA know that a key bridge washed out last November 7th. The bridge is located near the parking lot off Spaulding Road. Without it, a large part of the greenway cannot be walked as a loop.

While a permanent fix for the damaged bridge is still in the works, The McDowell Trails is happy to announce that the County has built a  temporary bridge and it has been installed just upstream from the original bridge and opens the entire length of the greenway for use.

Marion City-wide Clean-up will be Saturday, April 28th.  It is time to do spring cleaning!!!

Now through April 28, is SPRING LITTER SWEEP 2018. Volunteers will concentrate on

neighborhood clean-ups, high litter areas, alleys, vacant lots and other unsightly areas.

All volunteers and community groups are welcome. For more information, call


SHIIP, the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program, will be conducting a free seminar entitled: Medicare 101, on April 26th from  9am until 11am.  Seating is limited so pre-registration is required. To RSVP please contact McDowell County SHIIP at 828-659-0825

The folks at the Blue Ridge Parkway needs your help! Please consider giving some of your time on April 21st during an all Parkway workday to prepare the campgrounds for the summer season. All those interested in participating in this event should contact Project Manager, Natalie Lester, at 828-348-3419 for more info!

The Nebo Volunteer Fire Department will be celebrating their 60th Anniversary April 28th from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM.  There will be free food, Inflatables and music.  Everyone is welcomed.

It’s the N.C. Department of Transportation Adopt-A-Highway Spring Litter Sweep, today through April 28th.  Volunteers are need to clean up McDowell County.  Visit the Adopt-A-Highway or Sponsor-A-Highway websites or contact Kim Wheeless at 919-707-2974 for more information or for application questions.

The McDowell County Board of Commissioners are accepting applications for vacancies on the Library Board of Trustees, and the McDowell Tourism Authority Board. The Tourism Board has one vacancy for Category- under 50 room lodging property and one vacancy for Category-tourism related business. 
Applications are available in the Clerk to the Board’s office in County Administration, and also online at Applications must be received by May 7th.

The Whitehouse Community Center, 5408 Painters Gap Road, Union Mills, will be hosting a “Country Breakfast Buffet, Saturday April 28th from 7:00 until 10:00 AM. Adults eat for $6.00, Children 6-12, $3.00 and under 6 free.

The Lake James Clean-Up Event will be held Saturday May 5th from 8:00 AM until 1:00 PM at the Black Bear Access Area.  Volunteers with boats are needed.  Please pre-register by contacting Matt Burneisen at 652-7121, ext. 352 or via email at          

The Marion Downtown Sidewalk Yard Sale will be held Saturday May 5th.  Spaces are $10.00 each and require reservations.  Contact the Marion Business Association office at 652-2215 to reserve a space.

Mountain Gateway Museum & Heritage Center, Old Fort, will be host the 34th Annual Pioneer Day Festival, Saturday April 28th from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM.  Admission is free and parking will be available in the lot at the end of Water Street.

The Historic Marion Tailgate Market will open Tuesday, May 1, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM at the Marion Tailgate Market, 67 West Henderson Street.  Produce, crafts, music, smoothies, cooking demo’s, children activities.  For information, call 828-652-2215.